I recently watched a brief talk given by Dave Hitz, a founder and Executive VP at NetApp. His particular portion didn’t get down into the weeds of what NetApp is bringing to the table with their Data Fabric or StorageGRID. There were presentations before he spoke that sated my need for technical details. Instead, Dave focused on giving a broader vision of what NetApp was trying to do. This is always a bit of a risky bet when addressing a more technically minded crowd. It’s easy to sound grandiose with your overall corporate vision, and too often these talks stray into marketing. Fortunately, Dave took the time to make it an engaging discussion.
At the next NetApp Insight in Las Vegas (26-29 September 2016) I’ll have the chance to meet up with a number of end users and, among them, 1&1. In fact, one of the best moments at the last NetApp SolidFire Analyst Day was interviewing end users and I really hope to repeat that experience. Especially now that the two companies are starting to integrate more.
This is post 2 of 6 in the series “NetApp Insight 2016 Innovation Awards” If your business is data, what happens if you put the data in the hands of your clients? Can you enable better and faster decisions by your customers? Allowing customers to develop their own insights from your data delivers far more […]
This is post 1 of 6 in the series “NetApp Insight 2016 Innovation Awards” The winner has been announced! Congratulations go to Mercy Technology Services! Each year, NetApp gives an award to a customer who deploys an innovative NetApp storage solution. This year, as is the overall industry trend, NetApp is focused on flash storage. Customers who […]
We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about NetApp Insight this year, so we decided to investigate what this conference has to offer. We came away impressed by the breadth of technical content on the agenda as well as the additional offerings, including a great hands-on lab area as well as the opportunity to get […]
Chris Evans of Architecting IT comments: Amid much rumour, Monday finally saw the announcement that NetApp Inc intends to acquire SolidFire Inc, an all-flash storage startup. The agreement sees the company acquired for $870 million in cash, somewhat short of the $1.2 billion rumoured value. Those of you following my posts (and other work) will know […]
Dave Henry of GeekFluent comments: If you look at things like I do (trying to see how things fit together and which solutions I want to have ready to solve which particular uses), you may have noticed a gap in the SolidFire portfolio. They had decent-performing (50,000 IOPS), lower capacity nodes, and they had a […]
Dave Henry of GeekFluent comments: Today, all-Flash storage vendor SolidFire announced both the completion of a Series D round of funding and the upcoming release of two new hardware products. SolidFire is one of several players in the highly-competitive all-Flash storage array arena. Despite the fact that their products have been being sold for two […]
Chris Mellor of The Register – Data Centre: Storage comments: Cloud flasher goes on-prem for big biz Blocks and Files Not content with eliminating unruly neighbours in cloud servers, Solidfire is bringing its QoS-focussed flash array tech to enterprises too. Up until a couple of months ago it had reached a 70:30 split between cloud […]
Enrico Signoretti of Juku comments: Last week I met up with SolidFire once again, and I’ve been wondering about their potential role in the enterprise space. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’re probably familiar with my POV about them… but there is something more that should be taken into consideration even though […]